You’ve probably known people who have hired real estate attorneys, but is it really necessary to bring in a lawyer when you’re buying or selling a house?
Some people say yes, but others say you can complete a transaction without a lawyer by your side.
So what’s the right answer?
Should You Work With a Real Estate Attorney?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to whether you should work with a real estate attorney. In the state of Florida, you have the option of hiring a lawyer or working through the process without one; in other states, it’s mandatory.
Whether you’re buying or selling, it’s important to evaluate your situation before you hire a lawyer. It might be a good idea if you’re:
- An out-of-town buyer
- Buying a short sale or bank-owned property
- Buying a home that’s part of an estate sale
- Buying a commercial property
- Selling a home you’ve inherited
- Selling a home with a partner who won’t cooperate
- Selling a home with judgments or liens against it
The bottom line is that many real estate transactions are simple and straightforward. If yours seems like it will be – and remember, you’ll have a talented and experienced Realtor® with you every step of the way – then you may not need to incur the extra cost of hiring a real estate attorney.
However, some cases are a bit trickier. If you’ll feel more comfortable working with a real estate lawyer, then by all means, hire one.
Are You Buying or Selling a Home in the Tampa Bay Area?
Whether you’re buying a home or selling one, we can help. We have decades of experience helping buyers and sellers in the Tampa Bay area, throughout Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, and we’re committed to making your transaction smooth and seamless.
Call us at 813-961-6000 or 727-584-8480, or get in touch with us online as soon as possible. We’ll help you get moving.